Planet-friendly gardening is on the cards for 2023
as gardeners ditch peat, create alternative lawns and encourage wildlife onto
their patch, using sustainable techniques to improve their soil and conserve
Take a look at some of the gardening trends
predicted for 2023.
“As environmental concerns increase, particularly
among young people, we’ll see more wildlife-friendly gardening using recycled
products, organic fertilisers and peat-free or homemade compost in 2023,”
predicts Chris Collins, head of organic horticulture at charity Garden Organic.
“I think more gardeners will plant a more
wildlife-friendly garden to attract pollinating insects.
“Gardeners may also experiment with companion
planting and rethinking their attitude to ‘weeds’, taking a more relaxed
approach and acknowledging their important role as sources of pollen.”
Environment and climate change
“Climate change will see gardeners review the types
of crops they grow to more closely align with the climate in their part of the
country,” Collins suggests.
“Heat and drought-tolerant plants will be bought,
water-saving and the use of water butts will increase and planting techniques
will change to ensure plants can withstand weather fluctuations”.
Sarah Squire, chair of Squire’s Garden Centres,
predicts: “Customers may be looking at investing in drought-tolerant,
heat-loving plants that can weather the increase in temperatures we are
experiencing and that can look after themselves.
New heights for houseplants
The trend in houseplant popularity will continue,
with more exotics such as such as Cymbidium and Dendrobium orchids and
scented-leaf varieties performing better in cooler homes, the RHS predicts.
“More gardeners will switch to producing their own
compost,” predicts Collins.
“With the cost of living crisis, gardeners will be
looking to save money and a compost heap recycling fruit and vegetable
peelings, garden clippings and paper/cardboard waste will save money, reduce
environmental damage from transporting bags of compost and produce an excellent
“Environmental concerns and tight purse strings are
also likely to stop gardeners reaching for chemicals to tackle common garden
pests, Collins predicts.
“Instead of buying expensive bug sprays there will
be a move to using more barriers and traps, companion planting to deter bugs
while at the same time allowing some natural predators to flourish as they
provide food for important pollinators,” says Collins.
Squire adds: “I think people will want to make thrifty choices, looking for great value plants that are proven to do well”.
“The colour for 2023 is terracotta, as well as
earthy tones like sage green, beige and cream. These evoke warmth, excitement
and amusement,” says Mark Lane, BBC Gardeners’ World presenter, designer and
Stannah gardening expert.
“There is also a real trend towards everything
Greek with white-washed and stone walls, sculptures, archways and tall trees
with pops of colour from agapanthus and cyclamen. Hand-crafted objects and
furniture will be used to create the romantic beauty of Greece.”
There will be a large push towards gravel gardens,
Lane reckons. Once established, they will require 80% less maintenance.
“With more of us taking note of water shortages,
drought and heat-tolerant plants that grow happily in gravel gardens will be
“The knack will be limiting colours and plants to
create that calm oasis. 'Picking up on the Greek' vibe, blue will be seen as an
accent colour, whether in soft furnishings, plants or outdoor paint.”
“New collections of seeds and plants will focus on
small urban gardens as well as larger outdoor spaces. Soft pastel colours will
be mixed with vibrant, bold colours – soft pinks, blue and mint green will
alternate with vivid accents from bright orange to scarlet,” says Lane.
Restful and restorative places will be a key theme
again for next year, with soothing colours and cosy textiles, says Lane.
“On-trend natural colours will also blend into nature, blurring the two. This
is all about that true connection with the natural world.”
“Boutique-style garden furniture will be seen with
plush soft furnishings, but again in neutral colours. To get the look right
just think what furniture you like for indoors and find similar pieces for
outdoors,” he adds.
“Patterned outdoor tiles will be on trend, with
symmetrical designs playing centre stage, adding a strong design element.”
Apps and social media are becoming even more
important as gardeners share what’s happening on their patch, participate in
courses and workshops digitally and are prompted into action to plan and plant
using apps, the RHS notes.